The Bear Electives
After completing tthe (6) Core Adventures your scout is required to complete at least (1) Elective Adventure for the Bear Rank Badge. Your Bear will be awarded a special belt loop for each adventures completed. He can earn extra belt loops by complete additional Elective Adventures. 

There are 13 Elective Adventures in the Bear program: 
Click Link below for the PDF Worksheet @ US Scouting Service Project Website.
  1. Grin and Bear It
  2. A Bear Goes Fishing
  3. Bear Picnic Basket
  4. Beat of the Drum
  5. Critter Care
  6. Forensics
  7. Make It Move
  8. Marble Madness
  9. Roaring Laughter
  10. Robotics
  11. Salmon Run
  12. Super Science
  13. A World of Sound
Revised 2017-02
Grin and Bear It Adventure LoopBear Elective Adventure: Grin ^ Bear It


Complete at least four of the following.

  1. Play a challenge game or initiative game with the members of your den. Take part in a reflection after the game.
  2. Working with the members of your den, organize a Cub Scout carnival and lead it at a special event.
  3. Help younger Cub Scouts take part in one of the events at the Cub Scout carnival.
  4. After the Cub Scout carnival, discuss with the members of your den and your den leader what went well, what could be done better, and how everyone worked together to make the event a success.
  5. With your den, develop a thank-you cheer to recognize those who helped organize the Cub Scout carnival.
A Bear Goes Fishing

Bear Elective Adventure: A Bear Goes Fishing


Complete at least three of the following.

  1. Discover and learn about three types of fish in your area. Draw a color picture of each fish, record what each one likes to eat, and describe what sort of habitat each likes.
  2. Learn about your local fishing regulations with your den leader or a parent or guardian. List three of the regulations you learn about and one reason each regulation exists.
  3. Learn about fishing equipment, and make a simple fishing pole. Practice casting at a target 30 feet away. Teach what you have learned to someone in your family, another Scout, or one of your friends.
  4. Go on a fishing adventure, and spend a minimum of one hour trying to catch a fish. Put into practice the things you have learned about fish and fishing equipment.

Bear Elective Adventure: Bear Picnic Basket


Complete at least three of the following.

  1. Create your own Bear cookbook using at least five recipes you might cook or prepare either on your own or with some adult help. Include at least one recipe each for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a nutritious snack.
  2. With a family member or den leader, prepare for cooking by explaining the importance of planning, tool selection, sanitation, and cooking safety.
  3. Select and prepare two nutritious snacks for yourself, your family, or your den.
  4. With the help of an adult, select a recipe to prepare in a kitchen for your den or your family. Help to select the needed ingredients, perhaps from a garden, grocery store, or farmers’ market. Cook and serve your planned meal. Clean up after the preparation and cooking.
  5. With the help of an adult, select a recipe to prepare in the outdoors for your family or den. Help to select the needed ingredients, perhaps from a garden, grocery store, or farmers’ market. Cook and serve your planned meal. Clean up after the preparation and cooking.
Beat of the Drum

Bear Elective Adventure: Beat of the Drum


Complete requirement 1 and two others from requirements 2-4.

  1. Learn about the history and culture of American Indians or other indigenous people who lived in your area long ago.
  2. Create a legend by building a diorama, writing a story, or presenting a skit.
  3. Complete one of the following:
    • Make a dream catcher.
    • Make a craft similar to one made by American Indians or indigenous people.
    • Make a drum. Once your drum is complete, create a ceremonial song.
  4. Complete one of the following:
    • Visit an Order of the Arrow dance ceremony.
    • Visit an American Indian event or an event presented by other indigenous people.
    • Learn and demonstrate ceremonial dance steps.
    • Create a ceremonial dance.
Critter Care

Bear Elective Adventure: Critter Care
  1. Care for a pet for two weeks. Make a list of tasks you did to take care of the pet. If you do not have a pet, research one that you would like to have and write about the care it needs.
  2. Learn more about your pet or a pet you would like to have. List three interesting facts that you learned about your pet.
  3. Make a poster about your pet or a pet you would like to own. Share your poster with your den, pack, or family.
  4. Do your best to train a pet to perform a trick or follow a simple command, and explain how you trained it. (If your pet is a hermit crab, fish, snake, or the like, you may skip this requirement.)
  5. Tell three ways that animals can help people.
  6. Tell what is meant by an animal being "rabid." Name some animals that could have rabies. Explain what you should do if you are near an animal that might be rabid.
  7. Visit with a local veterinarian or animal shelter caretaker. Find out what types of animals he or she might see on a regular basis. Ask what type of education is needed to become a veterinarian or shelter caretaker. Why did he or she choose to pursue this career?
Forensics

Bear Elective Adventure: Forensics
  1. Talk with your family and den about forensics and how it is used to help solve crimes.
  2. Analyze your fingerprints.
  3. Learn about chromatography and how it is used in solving crimes. Do an investigation using different types of black, felt-tip markers. Share your results with your den.
  4. Do an analysis of four different substances: salt, sugar, baking soda, and cornstarch.
  5. Make a shoe imprint.
  6. Visit the sheriff's office or police station in your town. Find out how officers collect evidence.
  7. Learn about the different jobs available in forensic science. Choose two, and find out what is required to work in those jobs . Share what you learned with your den.
  8. Learn how animals are used to gather important evidence. Talk about your findings with your den.
Make It Move

Bear Elective Adventure: Make It Move
  1.  Create an “exploding” craft stick reaction.
  2. Make two simple pulleys, and use them to move objects.
  3. Make a lever by creating a seesaw using a spool and a wooden paint stirrer. Explore the way it balances by placing different objects on each end.
  4. Do the following:
    • Draw a Rube Goldberg–type machine. Include at least six steps to complete your action.
    • Construct a Rube Goldberg–type machine to complete a task assigned by your den leader. Use at least two simple machines and include at least four steps.
Marble Madness
Bear Elective Adventure: Marble Madness
  1. Discuss with your family and den the history of marbles, such as where and when the game began. Talk about the different sizes of marbles and what they are made of and used for.
  2. Learn about three different marble games, and learn to play the marble game “ringer.” Learn how to keep score. Learn and follow the rules of the game. Play the game with your family, friends, or your den.
  3. Learn four or five words that are used when talking about marbles. Tell what each of the words means and how it relates to playing marbles. Share this information with your den.
  4. With the help of an adult, make a marble bag to hold marbles.
  5. With your den or family, make a marble obstacle course or marble golf course. Share what you create. Invite everyone to go through your course.
  6. Create your own game using marbles, and design rules for playing the game. Share the game you created with your den, family, or friends. Explain the rules and how to play the game.
  7. With your den or family, create a marble race track. Have at least two lanes so you can race your favorite marbles against each other.
  8. Make a marble maze.
Roaring Laughter

Bear Elective Roaring Lughter
  1. Think about what makes you laugh. Write down three things that make you laugh.
  2. Practice reading tongue twisters.
  3. Create your own short story. Remove some nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs from the story, leaving blanks. Without telling the story, have a friend insert his or her own nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in the story you created.
  4. With a partner, play a game that makes you laugh.
  5. Share a few jokes with a couple of friends to make them laugh.
  6. Practice at least two run-ons with your den, and perform them at a pack meeting or campfire program.
Robotics

Bear Elective Adventure: Robotics
  1. Identify six tasks performed by robots.
  2. Learn about some instances where a robot could be used in place of a human for work. Research one robot that does this type of work, and present what you learn to your den.
  3. Build a robot hand. Show how it works like a human hand and how it is different from a human hand.
  4. Build your own robot.
  5. Visit a place that uses robots.
Salmon Run

Bear Elective Adventure: Salmon Run
  1. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in boating.
  2. Identify the equipment needed when going boating.
  3. Demonstrate correct rowing or paddling form. Explain how rowing and canoeing are good exercise.
  4. Explain the importance of response personnel or lifeguards in a swimming area.
  5. Show how to do both a reach rescue and a throw rescue.
  6. Visit a local pool or swimming area with your den or family, and go swimming.
  7. Demonstrate the front crawl swim stroke to your den or family.
  8. Name the three swimming ability groups for the Boy Scouts of America.
  9. Attempt to earn the BSA beginner swimmer classification.
Super Science

Bear Elective Adventure: Super Science
  1. Make static electricity by rubbing a balloon or a plastic or rubber comb on a fleece blanket or wool sweater. Explain what you learned.
  2. Conduct a balloon or other static electricity investigation that demonstrates properties of static electricity. Explain what you learned.
  3. Conduct one other static electricity investigation. Explain what you learned.
  4. Do a sink-or-float investigation. Explain what you learned.
  5. Do a color-morphing investigation. Explain what you learned.
  6. Do a color-layering investigation. Explain what you learned.
A World of Sound

Bear Elective Adventure: A World of Sound
  1. Make an mbira.
  2. Make a sistrum.
  3. Make a rain stick.

Parents:
Be sure to have your DL signs off on each elective adventure completed in the handbook and at least one week before the Pack Meeting. Pack Meetines are held the last Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted on the calendar. It is up to you and your Den Leader to ensure the scout gets the proper recognition at the Pack Meetings.